The Dirty Dozen 2.0, published on the project’s website last week, exposes 12 landlords in the tech industry who apparently have used the Ellis Act to evict tenants. The state law allows landlords seeking to leave the rental business to evict tenants. Among the so-called dirty dozen are Jack Halprin, listed as the head of e-Discovery at Google and landlord at 812 Guerrero St., and Ty Durekas of OnCare Services, landlord at 741 Ellis St. Both properties have been sites of protests.
“We hear often that it’s not actually tech as an industry evicting people, that it’s landlords evicting people,” said Erin McElroy, director of the project. “But we are finding that landlords are also in tech and are evicting people.”
The Dirty Dozen 2.0 is the latest list the anti-eviction project has exposed. In January, after going through every Ellis Act petition they could get their hands on, volunteers with the project released an original dirty dozen list of landlords behind the most evictions in the last decade. The project later released a Dirty Thirty list of landlords who have evicted senior tenants.
The newest list of 12 landlords is just a sampling of evictors in the tech industry, McElroy claimed.
“There are definitely more,” she said. “And we imagine that over the course of the next year there will be even more.”